Danny Trevathan

NFL's new targeting rule will penalize players for lowering helmet before hit

NFL's new targeting rule will penalize players for lowering helmet before hit

The NFL made what it hailed as a significant safety-related rule change Tuesday, making it a penalty for a player to lower his head to initiate a hit with his helmet on an opponent during a game.

"For us, this is a pretty significant change," said Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay, the chairman of the league's rulemaking competition committee. "This is not situational protection. In the past, whether it's the college targeting rule or whether it's our defenseless-player rules, which have a lot of similarities, it's a situational protection. In this, we're basically getting to a technique that is just too dangerous for both the player doing it and the player who's...

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